Wow, has it really been three weeks already? And what an amazing three weeks it has been. The first week was the European youth camp with kids from all over Europe. We got a chance to be campers and work on improving some skills that we already had. I got to spend three hours a day juggling in the morning and three hours doing partner acro in the afternoon. This was great because we got to meet so many other kids our age that have amazing skills that we don’t. The best part was that everyone was willing to help teach you whatever it is that you wanted to learn. Then, just as we were making friends, it was time for them to say goodbye and go home.
However, we stayed to prepare for the next two weeks where we would be helping teach circus to over 100 kids. The last two weeks have been full of long days. We get up and have a team meeting at 7:30 AM and then go and wake up the kids at 8:00 AM. Breakfast is at 8:30 AM. Then the kids have some time to take a shower and get ready for the day because training starts at 10:00 AM. Block A goes from 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM where I have been learning how to do some contact juggling. Next, lunch is at 12:30 PM. Then, from 1:30 PM until 3:00 PM, the kids have free time when they can jump on the trampoline, play volleyball, play in the woods, swim in the pool, etc. Then at 3:00 PM we have another team meeting.
Block B starts at 3:00 PM. I teach club juggling. Block B is over at 5:30 PM and dinner is at 6:00 PM. After dinner there is a group activity based on the day’s theme ( olympics, theater, music etc.). Then the kids go to bed at 10:00 PM and we have another team meeting at 10:30 PM. After that the leaders hang out and go to bed around 11:30 PM. The next morning you do it all again. The days have been long but it has been nice to see just how hard the kids here are willing to work.
It has been a great three weeks and I am going to miss it, there is no doubt about that. However, it will be nice to get home to see my family and take a real shower. I am hoping that I will get to come back and visit my new friends in two years. But until then, I will keep learning new things and sharing all I know with anyone willing to learn.